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A Harvest of Sunflowers Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753134365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753134368
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,421,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Both romantic and funny - Lovingly portrays the people, history, food and traditions of this beautiful French region' Summer Break Magazine

About the Author

RUTH SILVESTRE is a singer and actress who has appeared in a number of BBC productions. She is married to the artist Michael Grater, whose charming pen-and-ink drawings illustrate her books. With their two sons, they divide their time between London and the South of France.


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I bought the first book in the Trilogy based mainly on the 5* reviews. As soon as I was a few pages into it, I ordered the other two.

I asked myself initially how it would be possible for a person, specifically Ruth, to write three books based on every day happenings and to hold the attention of the reader.

She did and she did it superbly.

So many of the wonderful and unexpected experiences we have enjoyed in the four years we have lived here, and are continuing to enjoy, are so similar. Nothing sentimental about these books as some critics imply, they are based on fact and are real. Just wish that there was a 4th book in the offing. For those who genuinely want to feel happy and settled in La Belle France, these books provide the 'how to'.
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I first read this book about 12 years ago and then re-read it I don't know how many times. I have to concede I have done the same with the other remainders of the trilogy, most recently after returning from France yet again this summer. All of the books have reminded me of the warmth of the sun, and contrary to some beliefs, the warmth of the French people. As the weather deteriorates I will no doubt pick up one of Ruth's books again and be transported across the Channel to the area and friends we should all have the pleasure of knowing.
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The trilogy evolves into a story not only of warm relationships and good food, but also of the transition from youth to middle age and finally to old age as reflected in the lives of a French and British family who are neighbours. The writing is accomplished and reflects the detail of daily life in a small French community in the SW of France as seen by a British family who purchase a holiday home which they visit during the summer months. Ruth Silvestre very accurately records my own experience of home owning in the Dordogne [slightly north of where she lives] down to the invasion of wire chewing stone-martens [fouines] and the array of glorious food set before guests at weddings. I especially liked Ruth's descriptions of the plants that grew in her garden and the culinary accomplishments of her friend and neighbour, Claudette. Ordinary people bathed in an golden sunflower light.
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I'm on the third book in this trilogy so I guess that says I like them. It is a realistic read regarding life in rural France spanning over 30 years. They were more than " maison secondaires" but still kept a property in the UK. There's a bit too much emphasis on food and wine, but then it is life in France! What I like about it is that it's like sitting in a room with Ruth and her just chatting about what they did and what happened; there's no story or plot as such but it is very enjoyable. I also know it's realistic because three decades after R and M bought their house we have done the same and many episodes are remarkably similar although like everywhere life is changing so some of the more enviable aspects are changing, thankfully not much! They have been very lucky to become such a part of a French farming family 's life.
I would recommend the trilogy. Happy reading.
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Having enjoyed every minute spent reading A House in the Sunflowers: An English Family's Search for Their Dream House in France (The Sunflowers Trilogy) I couldn't wait to read more in book two. A Harvest of Sunflowers carries on the story of Ruth and her family, twenty years after buying their dream holiday house in rural France.

All the characters from book one are back, older and wiser, and the family are now entwined in their local community. Ruth writes about weddings, new arrivals and talks of great friendships as well as changes they have seen in the farming community, especially the way the harvests are now dealt with by the new generation. Food, family and community are still an important part of this book as they are in rural French life. Ruth's writing style makes a very readable book and it was lovely to follow their story and feel included in their French adventure as well as learning so much about rural French life. This book will take you to the heart of rural France.

See also A House in the Sunflowers: An English Family's Search for Their Dream House in France (The Sunflowers Trilogy)and Reflections of Sunflowers (The Sunflowers Trilogy)
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I read this straight after finishing the first book of the trilogy - maybe it would have been better to wait a while before reading it. Although it has the same delightful ingredients as the first book: lovely descriptions of the people, food, plants, house and its history, I couldn't help feeling that this second book contained a bit of padding: some episodes recounted in the first book were told again, and there were pages about the life story of George Sand, etc which did not really fit within the narrative. Having said this, I did enjoy the book - it is just that I didn't feel it really had enough new material to warrant another book.
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This is the second book in the trilogy. I bought the first book A House in the Sunflowers as a Kindle Daily Deal for 99p and was hooked instantly and had to buy the next two books. It is a light-hearted biography about a family buying a holiday home in France and follows their happy times, sad times, friendships and their families growing up. I feel that I am there with them watching the changes they make to their house and garden and how they fit in with the local community. A must read set of books for anyone.
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